The Gettysburg Address: Then and Now

The Gettysburg Address was given by President Abraham Lincoln, but of course we all know that. (CD) Is the only reason why this speech is so well known just because schools deemed it to be? (CX) Why is the Gettysburg Address one of the top speeches to memorize? (IC)

I believe Lincoln was thinking for the future. (CX) Lincoln wasn’t only speaking to the people listening at the time, but also for the people in our world today. (CX) In the two minutes he spoke, Lincoln conveyed a larger messaged than any of us could’ve imagined. (IC) In a few short minutes, he spoke of the possibility of a unified nation filled with equality among the people. (IC) Today this speech could be seen as a road map to how the government is supposed to function. (IC) Comparing President Lincoln’s speech to Edward Everett’s, we can tell that Lincoln was speaking about the bigger picture and actually included the words “Confederate”, “Union”, and “liberty”. (CD-CX) Lincoln chose his words carefully compared to Everett’s long, on-going speech. (IC) Instead, Lincoln constantly held a respectful, simple, and plain tone. (CD)

This speech represents the possibility for a better more equal future for America and how we as Americans must never forget our duty as a unified nation. (CD) I believe this document is a key reminder and reference to the summary of America’s story as a nation. (CX) It changes the way people think about our government, and our goal to maintain our title as a unified nation containing a government full of equality. (CD)

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